Pheidole caribbaea Wheeler

Wilson, E. O., 2003, Pheidole in the New World. A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus., Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, pp. -1--1: 272

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20017

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scientific name

Pheidole caribbaea Wheeler
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Pheidole caribbaea Wheeler  HNS 

Pheidole caribbaea Wheeler  HNS  191 la: 23. Syn.: P. caribbaea subsp. sloanei Wheeler  HNS  1917g: 459, n. syn.

Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.

Etymology Refers to region of origin.

Diagnosis A brown member of the fallax  HNS  group whose major has the dorsal surface of the head completely covered with longitudinal parallel carinulae, except the extreme occipital strip (seen in full-face view), which is smooth and shiny; pronotum and anterior mesonotum completely covered with transverse carinulae; postpetiolar node trapezoidal; anterior half of the first gastral tergite shagreened; and head densely covered with mostly erect to suberect hairs.

Close to mantilla  HNS  of Costa Rica and kukrana  HNS  of Nicaragua but differing in details of head shape, sculpture, pilosity, and color (q.v.); see also cardinalis  HNS  , obscurior  HNS  , rubiceps  HNS  .

Measurements (mm) Syntype major: HW 1.12, HL 1.20, SL 0.96, EL 0.20, PW 0.58. Syntype minor: HW 0.52, HL 0.66, SL 0.92, EL 0.14, PW 0.34.

Color Major: head medium brown, mesosoma dark brown, waist and gaster medium to dark brown, appendages light to medium brown.

Minor: body concolorous medium brown, appendages medium to yellowish brown.

Range Known only from Jamaica, an apparent endemic.

Biology Unknown.

Figure Upper: syntype, major. Lower: syntype, minor. JAMAICA: Balaclava: Scale bars = 1 mm.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Pheidole